Bangladesh is one of the poorest and most densely populated countries in the world. One in three people live on less than $1.25 a day.

Bangladesh has a land area similar to England and Wales but holds three times the population. This high population density contributes to poor living standards and the spread of disease.

High levels of disease

The geography of Bangladesh makes the country highly prone to natural disasters.

Each year two thirds of the country suffers from flooding, killing thousands and cutting many off from essential health services.

Half the population of Bangladesh live at risk of lymphatic filariasis. Mosquitos, which carry the disease, breed in wet and flooded areas, increasing the risk of infection.

Tuberculosis (TB) is the country’s biggest public health problem with over 150,000 new cases and over 80,000 deaths each year.

Almost 4,000 people were diagnosed with leprosy in 2015, 8% of which are children. 

A health worker crisis

Bangladesh is poorly equipped to respond to these health issues. There is a serious shortage of health workers with just three doctors and three nurses per 10,000 people, compared to 28 doctors and 88 nurses in the United Kingdom.

We work in four of the poorest districts in the north west of the country where these diseases have devastating effects on people’s livelihoods and quality of living.

These rural districts, Bogra, Sirajgong, Pabna and Natore, lack essential health services leaving people trapped in a cycle of poverty and ill health.

Our work in Bangladesh

Read about how we're trying to help improve livelihoods for the children, women and men in Bangladesh with our projects.

Current projects in Bangladesh